Craft Designer

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Craft designers design and make three dimensional items such as jewellery, pottery, ceramics, ornaments, tableware, furniture and glassware. They may design an item to be made in a factory, or as a 'one-off', made in a small workshop for a particular client. They normally specialise in one craft.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for craft designers in the UK can be in the range £15,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn more. Many craft designers are self-employed or work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the item designed or made, and on their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. Some sell their wares mainly at seasonal fairs which means that income is irregular.


In manufacturing:

In a small craft workshop:

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

What Does it Take?

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

Many small-scale craft designers choose to live and work in rural areas.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding up to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
Twitter: @designcouncil

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